1.    31 Aug 2015 #1
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    Windows 10 64-bit

    Windows Image Acquisition process - high CPU usage

    from some reason, a process called "Windows Image Acquisition (WIA), which I've never seen before is running and using about 30% CPU.
    I read in MSDN that "Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) is the still image acquisition platform in the Windows family of operating systems starting with Windows Millennium Edition (Windows Me) and Windows XP."

    Does that mean that from some reason my laptop's camera is running now? Maybe my laptop was hacked?

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  2.    03 Sep 2015 #2
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    Windows 10 64-bit

    Anyone ?
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  3.    03 Sep 2015 #3
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    Windows 10 Home x64

    Windows Image Acquisition (WIA; sometimes also called Windows Imaging Architecture) is a proprietary Microsoft driver model and application programming interface (API) for Microsoft Windows Me and later Windows operating systems that enables graphics software to communicate with imaging hardware such as scanners, digital cameras and Digital Video-equipment.
    As far as I know, you can disable the service, but I'm not sure how that will affect certain functions.
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  4.    03 Sep 2015 #4
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    I have this service running on a clean install of Windows 10 - it is set to automatic.

    Do you have a scanner or external camera you want to plug in? If not as a workaround you could stop it and set it to manual in services.msc. I just tested it and my built in webcam still works with it stopped.

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  5.    12 Feb 2016 #5
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    Windows 10 Home

    Shut down and restarted my all-in-one printer and restarted it. WIA service stopped. Apparently it was involved in a scan service with my printer, though I haven't scanned in along time.
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